German shepherds are good dogs for people who want a pet that is strong, athletic, active, an effective deterrent and intelligent. Breeding, training and condition of life before introducing a German shepherd into a home are characteristics that can change the disposition of this breed of dog.
The most popular names for German Shepherd dogs are Daisy, Buddy, Lucy, Cooper, Bailey, Snoopy and Max, according to The Dog Channel. Charlie, Molly and Sadie are also popular names.
German shepherd dogs are strong, agile and muscular, with a solid body and sloping hindquarters. Their temperaments are typically bold, courageous, loyal and protective. They are high-energy dogs bred for work.
The average life span of a German shepherd is between 10 and 12 years, although some can live to be 14 years old. Mixed-breed German shepherds are more likely to live longer than pure breeds.
Some of the top names for German shepherds are Boomer, Hawkeye, Axel, Gunner, Delgado, Buddy and Toby. Other popular names for German shepherds, particularly males, include Gus, Cooper, Rocky, Bear, Otis, Scout, Shadow and Rebel. Popular names for female German shepherds include Bella, Sadie, Roxy,
German Shepherds dogs weigh from 22 to 40 kilograms. The females weigh from 22 to 32 kilograms, and the males weigh from 30 to 40 kilograms.
German shepherds run an average of 20 to 30 miles per hour depending on the breed. However, most German shepherds are not endurance runners and should not run more than 5 miles without proper endurance training.
German Shepherd dogs, as part of the canine family, eat standard dog food. These dogs are generally large and have high energy levels, so they need to eat more than smaller dogs.
Games to play with a German Shepherd are Where's Your Toy and Hide and Seek. They also enjoy games like Fetch and Tug of War. German Shepherds are very intelligent and enjoy challenging games with their owners.
A red German shepherd is called a liver German shepherd. Liver German shepherds can be a reddish cinnamon color or a dark chocolate color. The liver color comes from a recessive gene that prevents black pigment from being formed.